We’re ‘just do it’ kind of folk at Pilote Media. Having been through two dot-com bubbles the lessons are simple – launch fast and often. Some of it is an idea that by the time you have sat down, thought about it and worked through all the ifs and buts, you could have built and launched a working prototype. Sometimes it is just a gut-feel that says – I know this is a good idea.
The sailing industry needs quick thinking entrepreneurs. Those who have the conviction of their experience to break the rules and create ‘cool’ things. Herbert Derksen and Daniel Koene are such people.
Creating brands is one thing, then there is creating brands with ‘umpf’. Umpf is the extreme way and after conceiving the worlds most extreme catamaran sailing class, the Extreme brand is expanding into carbon RIB’s
Dercksen, Olympic Tornado sailor and marine entrepreneur partnered with retail entrepreneur and sailing fanatic Koene, in 2005. They had a dream. To create the world’s most extreme international catamaran racing class. From the start on they cleverly partnered with world class players in design, construction and event organization. They convinced top brands to sponsor the Extreme 40 campaign. Holmatro, Volvo, Hilfiger, British Telecom, BMW Oracle, Alinghy, Groupama, Gitana rapidly entered this extreme racing circuit.
The Extreme concept was created with two things in mind, action and adrenalin! The gap in the Grand Prix sailing circuit existed for a fast, inshore catamaran, which would be not only exciting to watch but cost effective to run. This extreme weapon reaches speeds of 35 knots on flat water in around 20-25 knots wind. It flies a hull in as little as 8 knots giving the best visual media impact in all round wind conditions. In 2007 this so called Grand Prix Racing Series evolved into a European tour, the iShares Cup, bringing the world’s best sailors and Formula 1 technology to some of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The media loves it – when they can keep up.
The unique feature of the iShares Cup is that VIP’s can hop onto a Extreme 40 catamaran to take part as ‘fifth man’. This is a fantastic opportunity for sponsors, journalists or VIPs to really experience the racing, but getting desk-bound chief executives onto such extreme boats – and back on dry land – safely is a challenge in itself. And that is where the RIB’s step in the Extreme story.
The Extreme 40s are a unique challenge for support RIB’s and their drivers, due to the sheer speed and agility of the cats, not to mention their electrifying acceleration.
RIBs – or Rigid Inflatable Boats – evolved out of inshore lifeboats in the early 1970s. Besides the inherent stability of a large inflated ‘collar’ around the boat, the coast guard wanted boats capable of coming alongside other vessels in distress without any risk off smashing into either the casualty or rescue vessel in the process. Dercksen and Koene quickly saw another opportunity – to transfer carbon fibre technology as used in the racing catamarans into RIB’s.
No self respecting yacht racing team would be without thier rib these days, but you don’t have to be flying a hull at 35 knots to take advantage of new developments.
The Extreme RIB with extreme features that is half the weight of a standard RIB. The hull is made out of 4 millimetre solid carbon fibre with the equivalent strength of 6 millimetres of steel. The overall lower weight allows for a lighter engine while reaching extreme speeds.
The guys at Extreme say that their carbon 30ft Rib makes economic sense for a team that is looking to activate sponsorships on the water for sponsors and special guests.
The craft uses about 13,2 liters of fuel an hour while being operated at 30kts. Being up to 1500 kg lighter than existing 30ft ribs, which with 2x 250hp outboards can use 73,5 liters a hour at 30kts. This equates to a saving of 60 liters an hour!
For more information see http://www.extremeribs.eu/